Awarded a PhD in cultural anthropology from the Australian National University (Canberra, 2015), Ferne has more than a decade of international research and university teaching experience on food security for sustainable global cities, alternative food production and social change. Her doctorate addressed a key global challenge, food system crises and food security, investigating the contribution that civil society driven alternative food economies can make to feeding urban populations through extensive field research in cities of Venezuela and Australia.
In addition to publishing on alternative food networks, the freegan movement and food waste, she has worked in and led interdisciplinary teams, and has contributed to policy for the Australian national scientific bodies, CSIRO and the National Climate Change Research Facility. Since 2013, She have collaborated internationally as a World Social Science Fellow selected by the International Social Science Council for her research knowledge on urbanisation issues in the Global South.
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